Saturday, May 09, 2020

MP’s Bill To Regulate Pedicabs...Pushed Back


Cities of London & Westminster MP, Nickie Aiken’s 10-minute Rule Bill calling for increased regulation of pedicabs in Central London has been pushed back. 

The bill, which is designed to bring the regulation of pedicabs in-line with black cabs and other private hire vehicles, will now be presented at a later date.

“Unfortunately, has been confirmed to me that I will not be able to present my Bill until further notice as the presentation of Private Member's Bills has been suspended to allow Parliament the time to pass legislation needed to establish a Virtual Parliament.

I have also been told that once this has been done the focus will be on Urgent Statements and Questions to allow the government to be held to account.

On a personal level, although I find this frustrating and disappointing, I completely understand why Parliament has made this decision. Parliament needs to be up and running, holding the Government to account and focusing its attention on responding to Coronavirus.

This is not the end for my Pedicabs Bill. I have been told by the authorities that I will be given time to present it as soon as Parliament begins debating Private Member's Bills again. I fully intend to do so. As soon as I know when that will be I will let you know.”

Nickie is still collecting support from the public for her Bill. You can still show your support for it here

The Taxi Charity Makes A Special VE Day Delivery To A WWII Veteran: Plus 100 Surprise Birthday Party

This May the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans would have been taking WWII veterans to 75th anniversary Dutch Liberation in the Netherlands and VE Day celebrations in London. 

Sadly, these events had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions, so the charity arranged for a special gift commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day to be delivered to over 120 WWII veterans.

On VE Day, Ian Parsons, Chairman of the Taxi Charity and his wife Anne Parsons, delivered a commemorative VE Day 75 tin to WWII veteran, Harry Rawlins in Edgware. 

Harry was in the 8th Armoured Brigade, 30 Corps and was part of Operation Market Garden in September 1944. Every year Harry joins the trips organised by the Taxi Charity to the Netherlands for the Arnhem commemoration services.

Ian Parsons, Chairman of the Taxi Charity, said, ““Ensuring our veterans know that the Taxi Charity is thinking about them during this unprecedented time is so important to everyone at the charity. 

We know how disappointed the WWII veterans were that the events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day here and across Europe had been cancelled so we were keen to provide them with a commemorative gift. It was really special to be able to deliver this gift to Harry on VE Day and thank him for all he did for this country.”

WWII veteran Harry Rawlins, said, “The Taxi Charity are truly a lifeline. For many years I have joined the charity on trips to the continent to pay my respects to the comrades who didn’t come home. It was lovely to see Ian and his wife Anne on VE Day and to receive such a thoughtful gift.”

To read more about the Taxi Charity visit www.taxicharity.org

TAXI LEAKS EXTEA BIT : 

D-Day veteran is stunned when Boris Johnson wishes him 'a jolly good knees up'


A D-Day hero's 100th birthday was celebrated by Prime Minister as more than 50 well-wishers and standard bearers made an emotional lockdown tribute.

Don Sheppard was left stunned after his relatives organised the secret celebration after his planned shindig was cancelled due to coronavirus.


Boris even took time out from fighting the menace to send a heartfelt letter hoping he had 'a jolly good knees-up as befits an old soldier still going strong'.


Police helped to guard his drive and ensured the party didn't put the centenarian who survived the Normandy landings, North Africa and Sicily at risk and no one broke lockdown legislation.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

FOI response reveals surprising statistics about where Camden employees live.


We as a trade know how much damage Camden Council has imposed on the residents of Bloomsbury. Even after consultations have shown the residents don’t want certain schemes, Camden have ignored and still gone ahead. 

A shocking FOI request response has revealed surprising statistics about where Camden employees live.

Camden employ the number of 4278 employees directly.
But only 655 of them live in Camden. Just over 15%.

So how many actually live in Bloomsbury, south of Euston Road?
Just 1, apparently.
Only one Camden employee lives in Bloomsbury, out of the total of 4278. Just over 0%.

Read more here 👇🏼


Wednesday, May 06, 2020

London Licensed Cabbie Joseph Theodore Has Been Volunteering For The Taxi Charity For Military Veterans For Over Sixty Years


London Cabbie, Joseph Theodore, 82, from Muswell Hill, began volunteering for the Taxi Charity in 1958 when he took two veterans in his cab on the charity’s annual trip to Worthing. 

Almost every year since then he has joined the convoy of London cabbies who take veterans from all conflicts for a day at the seaside.

Joseph Theodore, London Cabbie and Charity Volunteer, said, “I was 21 when I started volunteering for The Taxi Charity. 


The veterans I took to Worthing that first year, were from WWI and WWII. Over the years we have lost many veterans and been joined by those from other conflicts and recently my passengers have included veterans who have served in The Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq. 

I have made amazing friends amongst the veterans and the cab trade and I would highly recommend volunteering for this amazing charity.”

During the last sixty years Joseph has driven seven different cabs, his first was an Oxford, then a Beardmore, followed by an FX3, an FX4, a Fairway, a TXE and he is currently driving a TX4.


Dick Goodwin, Vice President, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said, “The Taxi Charity and veterans rely on the help of kind hearted London Cabbies who volunteer their time and vehicles for free. Joseph has been an amazing volunteer for over sixty years, and he is a very important part of the charity family.”

You can find out more about the charity by visiting www.taxicharity.org

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT:
London Cabbie and Charity Volunteer, Joseph Theodore, is proof that not all super heroes wear capes and masks.... some times a super hero just wears a beautifully tailored grey suit. 

Thank you Joseph and all the other super hero volunteers. 

So why do these Cabbies volunteer to do this work on behalf of the Taxi Charity for military veterans? 

They do it on behalf of our trade to say thank you to a remarkable band of brothers and sisters, undoubtedly Britons greatest generation. 

Born in the early decades of the twentieth century, they survived some of the greatest upheavals of their era. They grew up in the shadow of the First World War, lived through the depression and fought in the Second World War....and help create the modern world we take so much for granted today.

It is because of this generation that Briton is a free, democratic and tolerant nation. If it hadn’t been for their courage and sacrifice, it could have been a very different story. 



Sadiq Khan Uses Coronavirus To Implement Cycle And Walking Lanes On Main Roads. Plus One Rule For Prof Neil Ferguson And Another For Heidi Alexander.


In the news today:
Posted by Tom Edwards BBC News

Temporary bike lane plans for London. So far Euston Rd & Park Lane named - could become permanent.


 Today’s ‘Streetspace’ announcement by City Hall only illustrates how out of touch with working London.. the Mayor has become. To even suggest, as the Mayor does, that removing road space will not have a negative impact on essential commercial traffic is ..laughable. 

To implement this scheme without any consultation, inadequate modelling and without recognising that commuter cycling is 7.30-9am and 4-6pm with little movement the other 20 hours of the day illustrates how distant City Hall has become from reality!

Meanwhile, On Bloomberg Today:

And On Twitter Today:
Frank Bullet said;

The irony of the fake concern for safety by the Metropolitan liberal elite who wish to capitalise on the deaths of thousands to force through their cycling policies & propaganda, when these were the very individuals who actively ignored the governments lockdown rules astonishing. 

John Williams;
Never seen in all my years hoards of people walking up park lane apart from when there are events in the parks and the hotels but their all shut and no events so just a case of social engineering. 


Taxi Leaks Extra Bit:
Adding a segregated cycle lane to Euston and Marylebone Road will cause complete gridlock along with a massive increase in pollution from almost stationary traffic. 

Hypocrisy From The Mayors Office....One Rule For Them And Different Rule For Everyone Else. 


Government scientist Neil Ferguson resigns after breaking lockdown rules to meet his married lover
Prof Ferguson allowed the woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing the public on the need for strict social distancing

The scientist whose advice prompted Boris Johnson to lockdown Briton resigned from his Government advisory position on Tuesday night after the Telegraph published a story alleging Prof Neil Ferguson broke social distancing rules to meet his married lover.

The Telegraph alleged he allowed a woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing to the public on the need for strict social distancing, in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The woman apparently lives with her husband and their children in another home.

Yet Deputy Mayor for transport Heidi Alexander openly flouts the lock down rules by regularly cycling 20-25 mile trips and advertises this fact on Twitter. 

So are we wrong to expect Heidi’s resignation in the very near future ?????


Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Coventry Electric Taxi Manufacturer Dynamo Adds 50 Employees Following £1.25m Loan


The funding, which was provided by the Midlands Engine Investment Fund and Maven Capital Partners, will enable Dynamo to recruit and train 50 new employees. The firm is also set to scale up its production capacity.

  Dynamo produces an electric taxi known as the ‘Dynamo taxi’. A fully electric version of London’s iconic black cab, the zero-emission vehicle is based on the Nissan e-NV200 and is manufactured in association with Nissan.

Dynamo taxis were launched in Central London, which has a permanent Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), with charges in places for vehicles which do not meet the ULEZ’s emissions standards. The vehicle provides a charge relief for its drivers while helping to improve air quality.

Brendan O’Toole, CEO at Dynamo, says: “We are delighted to receive this funding package from MEIF Maven Debt Finance. We are extremely passionate about creating a product that is environmentally friendly and meets the needs of both the drivers and passengers. We have been working on our product offering for several years and are looking forward to ramping up production and getting more zero emissions taxis out into the world.”

Andy Povey, Investment Manager at Maven, says: “We are pleased to provide MEIF funding to Dynamo. 

The business is led by an experienced management team that is capable and well suited to driving this project. We are looking forward to supporting the business as it embarks on this new phase of its growth journey.”

Grant Peggie, Director at the British Business Bank, says: “The Midlands has a long and proud history of automotive production and Dynamo is demonstrating how the region’s firms are continuing to contribute towards sector innovation. MEIF funding continues to provide support to businesses, enabling them to create new jobs and drive productivity, supporting the Midlands Engine economy.”

Sean Farnell, board director at the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, says: “Dynamo is another example of an innovative automotive company in the area and the response to the demand for its vehicles has been strong from throughout the world. 

This new investment will enable the business to realise its ambitions as well as help to reduce air pollution.”

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

Taxi Charity For Military Veterans Celebrating VE Day With Gift Of 1940Goodies


This May the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans would have been taking WWII veterans to 75th anniversary Dutch Liberation and VE Day celebrations. Sadly, these events had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions and many of the veterans will be spending the 8th May alone


The Taxi Charity wanted to remind WWII heroes that they were being remembered for the crucial part they played in bringing peace to Europe despite the lockdown and designed a commemorative gift and booklet.

The gift, specially designed for WWII veterans by the charity, is a metal tin depicting the famous Buckingham Palace balcony image, containing sweets and chocolates, that were available in the 1940’s, and a VE Day 75 anniversary pin badge donated by The Spirit of Normandy Trust. 

The VE Day gifts are being distributed to these WWII heroes by volunteer London Licensed black cab drivers who do so much throughout the year to support veterans and have gone above and beyond during the pandemic restrictions.

Dick Goodwin, Vice President, The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said, “Ensuring our veterans know that the Taxi Charity is supporting and thinking about them during this unprecedented time is so important to everyone at the charity. 

We know how disappointed the WWII veterans were that the events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day here and across Europe had been cancelled so we were keen to provide them with a commemorative gift. 

We have been overwhelmed by the incredibly generous donation from Tesco, who provided hundreds of bars of chocolate and nougat to fill the tins and to the World’s Oldest Sweet Shop, in North Yorkshire, who supported the project with traditional boiled sweets.”

To see more about how  the Taxi Charity supports veterans from all conflicts and to read VE Day memories from WWII veterans visit www.taxicharity.org
    

Monday, May 04, 2020

Sadiq Khan, Democratically Elected Mayor...Or Dictator ???

Sadiq Khan, Democratically Elected Mayor...Or Dictator ???

  Sadiq Khan accused of “suspending democracy” after refusing to meet London Assembly for 6 weeks

·  City Hall Tories have criticised Sadiq Khan for “suspending democracy” during the coronavirus crisis by refusing to meet the London Assembly for over six weeks. 

·  The Mayor has been asked to accept an invitation to the London Assembly's first virtual meeting this week to answer urgent questions.

Sadiq Khan must attend the London Assembly’s first virtual meeting this week after refusing to face scrutiny for more than six weeks, demanded the Conservative group at City Hall today. 

The Mayor of London has refused every invitation to meet the London Assembly since the country was locked down. The last time Khan answered the Assembly’s questions was Mayor’s Question Time on the 19th March. 

The GLA Conservatives have requested the Mayor meet the Assembly this week to answer urgent questions about overcrowding on the Tube, the safety of London’s transport workers, and how Transport for London will cope when the lockdown is eased. 

In a letter, signed by the London Assembly’s eight Conservative members, Khan was accused of “suspending democracy” by refusing to meet the London Assembly. They told the Mayor that even in a crisis “you must still be accountable to Londoners”.

Susan Hall AM, Leader of the GLA Conservatives, said:

“The Mayor must attend the London Assembly’s first virtual meeting this week and answer urgent questions about his handling of the coronavirus outbreak. He has escaped scrutiny for too long. It’s unacceptable that he has refused every invitation to meet the Assembly for six weeks. 

“Coronavirus is not an excuse to suspend democracy in our city. In a crisis, it’s more important than ever that Sadiq Khan is held to account and his decisions are scrutinised. Otherwise, it’s impossible to ensure that City Hall is responding to this crisis in the best way it can.

“I am not surprised that Sadiq Khan is chickening out of meeting the London Assembly. The Mayor has failed to stop overcrowding on the Tube, has failed to keep London’s transport workers safe, and has failed to keep Transport for London from crumbling under this crisis. 

“We have had enough stalling from the Mayor. It’s time Khan addressed the urgent questions Londoners want answers to.”